The Salishan language Lushootseed, spoken in the Puget Sound area of Washington State and the Upper Skagit River, has only a handful of fluent elder speakers remaining, yet — thanks largely to the efforts of Thomas M. Hess and his teachers and collaborators — the language has been well documented, though much of the material remains in unpublished or inaccessible form.
This project seeks to compile and analyze the exisiting materials. Currently, we are working on:
- interlinearized searchable corpus of ca. 5,300 lines created from transcribed material
- XML database of lexical suffixes
The final goal of this project is the creation of a reference grammar and a collection of analyzed texts.
PI: David Beck